Weather in Burlington

Burlington’s weather offers the chance to experience the distinct beauty of all four seasons. Whether you're exploring the outdoors, enjoying our local festivals, or simply taking in the scenic views of the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, here is a quick overview of the weather trends in Vermont..


Spring in Burlington is a season of dethawing and awakening—finally! After surviving a winter in New England, temperatures start to rise and range from the 30s to 60s Fahrenheit (0-15°C),  Before spring fully arrives, Vermonters endure what’s affectionately known as "stick season," where the snow has melted but the leaves have yet to return, leaving the trees bare, creating the fifth season of fun and adventure. As the ground thaws and the first signs of greenery appear, the landscape bursts into bloom. This is the time when the landscape comes alive with color, and the long-awaited warmth finally brings everyone from their winter abode. 


Summer brings warm, inviting weather to Burlington, with temperatures averaging in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit (20-30°C) and occasional peaks into the low 90s (30s°C).  This season is perfect for outdoor adventures such as kayaking on Lake Champlain, biking along the Burlington Bike Path, or attending weekly events in town, like the South End Get Down. Hot summer days can tend to be humid, but nothing a quick dip into the local river or lake won't fix. 


Vermont is known for it's fall foliage and Burlington is no exception, as the trees transform and prepare to drop their leaf counterparts the temperatures cool to the 40s and 60s Fahrenheit (5-20°C).  This is the prime season for activities like hiking in the Green Mountains, visiting apple orchards, or exploring the charming towns that dot the region. The fall festivals, such as the South End Art Hop and local harvest celebrations, offer a perfect way to experience the local culture and craftsmanship.


Winter in Burlington is a true wonderland, with temperatures often dipping into the 10s, 20s and 30s Fahrenheit (-5 to 5°C). The area typically sees a decent amount of snow in the winter months, making it a paradise for skiers and snowboarders. Burlington is positioned within an hour’s drive of five premier ski resorts, including Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Smugglers' Notch Resort, Bolton Valley, and Mad River Glen, offering excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities.